2013 Holiday Happenings in Central Oklahoma
Located in the center of the state, Frontier Country is the ideal place to visit for quick trips and activities that the whole family can enjoy this holiday season. There are several events and attractions happening all over central Oklahoma that won’t break the bank during the holidays, including spectacular outdoor light displays, theater performances, music events and other one-of-a-kind activities. Check out our list of holiday happenings right here:
Midwest City is home to the Holiday Lights Spectacular. With more than 1.5 million twinkling lights, the Joe B. Barnes Regional Park is transformed into a winter wonderland to drive through from Nov. 22 to Dec. 30. This free holiday attraction features more than 85 dazzling displays, including the majestic 118-foot Christmas tree lit with 9,000 bulbs. Enjoy the lights from 6 to 11 p.m. nightly.
The City of Yukon’s Christmas in the Park is an illuminated, self-guided tour of 4.5 million twinkling lights, 360 lighted displays, music and movement spanning 100 acres of three interconnecting parks. The 55-foot Colossal Christmas Tree is the feature with more than 12,000 multi-colored lights at City Park. Walk, drive or ride the Santa Express Train through nearly three miles of colorful lights. Christmas in the Park is free and runs Nov. 23 through Dec. 31 from 6 to 11 p.m. nightly.
In its 21st year, the Festival of Light in Chickasha is one of the top-rated light displays in the region and brings in more than 300,000 visitors from across the United States each year. Only 35 miles southwest of Oklahoma City, the 43-acre Shannon Springs Park can be toured for free by car, carriage ride or by foot along paved trails from Nov. 23 to Dec. 31 from 6 to 10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 6 to 11 p.m. Friday-Saturday. The Festival of Light features 3.5 million lights, hundreds of displays with music and movement, live nativity and warm gift shop with homemade cinnamon rolls and hot chocolate, gifts and more.
See more lights at Automobile Alley Lights on Broadway Nov. 29-Jan. 1 as a part of Oklahoma City’s Downtown in December celebration. From 4th Street to 10th Street on Broadway Avenue, in downtown Oklahoma City, historic buildings are covered top to bottom with more than 180,000 colorful LED lights.
Theatre & Music
Frank Capra's film classic has been brought to vibrant theatrical life with Sooner Theatre’s A Wonderful Life. The story of George Bailey and his wonderful life in Bedford Falls remains a timeless fable of dreams, disillusionment and the power of love. A Wonderful Life is on stage at Sooner Theatre in downtown Norman, Nov. 29 -Dec. 1, Dec. 6-8 and Dec.13-15. Performance times vary and ticket prices are $25 and under.
Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma presents A Christmas Carol on Lyric’s Plaza Theatre stage in Oklahoma City from Nov. 29 through Dec. 28. Relive the cherished tale of Jacob Marley, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, and a host of unforgettable characters with this new Lyric Theatre holiday tradition. Performance times vary and tickets are $40.
The Oklahoma City Philharmonic presents The Christmas Show, December 5-7 at the Civic Center Music Hall in Oklahoma City. With four performances, this fully-staged holiday production stars George Dvorsky and Gwendolyn Jones alongside singers, dancers, sparkling sets, costumes, arrangements, specials guests and the beloved Oklahoma City Philharmonic Pops Chorale conducted by Joel Levine. Performance times and ticket prices vary.
Central Oklahoma Ballet performs its 18th production of the classic The Nutcracker along with the Oklahoma Community Orchestra, Dec. 7-8 at the Yukon Fine Arts Auditorium in Yukon. Two performances of The Nutcracker are schedule for Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12.50 in advance or $15 at the door.
Stillwater’s Town and Gown Theater present Uh Oh, Here Comes Christmas!, Dec. 12-15 and Dec.19-22 at 7:30 p.m. This charming show takes a funny, heartwarming and often poignant look at the struggle to find the spirit of the holidays amid the avalanche of commercialism and chaos every December and will rekindle the true spirit of the holidays with adult and family audiences.
Other Can’t-Miss Holiday Events
Visit Edmond for a variety of holiday festivities like the Edmond Outdoor Ice Skating Rink at Festival Market Place in downtown from Nov. 22 through Jan. 5. Other events around Edmond include UCO Winterglow, Santa Market, Boys Ranch Town Drive-Thru Christmas Pageant, Parade of Lights, North Pole Holiday Adventure and much more.
Christmas in Norman boasts a wide range of activities including the Norman Ice Rink at Andrews Park beginning Nov. 29-Jan. 5 and the Downs Family Christmas Light Ministry from Nov. 28 through Jan. 4. Other events include Holiday Happening at Sam Noble Museum, Norman Christmas Parade and more.
Explore downtown Oklahoma City this the holiday season during the annual Downtown in December winter celebration. Events kick off with the Christmas Tree Lighting Festival, Nov. 29 from 5 to 7 p.m. Downtown in December features an abundance of holiday activities including an outdoor ice skating rink at the Myriad Botanical Gardens, snow tubing at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, a Segway Santa, free museum Sundays, holiday pop-up shops, free Water Taxi rides along the beautifully-lit Bricktown Canal and much more.
The Territorial Christmas Celebration in Guthrie kicks off Nov. 30 with the opening night ceremonies and Christmas Tree Lighting. This celebration of the holidays in Territorial-style features a variety of activities including candlelight trolley tours, Pollard Theatre’s production of A Territorial Christmas Carol, historic home tours and Victorian Walks. Victorian Walk evenings take place Dec. 14 and 21 beginning at 5 p.m. with music and carolers as you stroll along the lighted streets of historic downtown Guthrie to see live window scenes with patrons in territorial dress and shop for Christmas gifts in the specialty stores.
El Reno’s Christmas on the Western Frontier Dec. 5 from 6 to 9 p.m. includes an old fashioned Christmas parade, trolley rides, Santa, strolling carolers, Christmas treats, lighting of the Christmas Tree, children's craft projects, shopping and more of the small town charm of El Reno.
Historic Stockyard’s City in Oklahoma City hosts the annual Cowboy Christmas with the Tree Lighting Ceremony in the historic district at 6 p.m., Dec. 6. Saturday, Dec. 7 features the Cowboy Christmas parade at 10 a.m. with 75 Longhorn steer, rodeo cowboys, antique cars, native dancers and more. After the parade, take pictures with Cowboy Santa at the Rodeo Opry.
The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City hosts Michael Martin Murphey’s Cowboy Christmas Ball Dec. 20 at 7 p.m. The 19th anniversary of this yuletide dance features Murphey headlining an evening of entertainment for the entire family and includes a buffet and a visit from Santa. Reservations are required for this event and prices vary.
For more information about these holiday events and many more in Central Oklahoma Frontier Country visit our calendar page here.
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